LitBirthdays April 29 – May 5, 2012

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April is

Poetry Writing

Month

and

Jazz Appreciation

Month


April 29

 


Born April 29

Egon Erwin Kisch (b. 1885) – Austro-Hungarian (Czech) reporter, Communist activist – Australian Landfall

Jerry Seinfeld (b. 1954) – U.S. comedian – Seinfeld




April 30


Born April 30

Jaroslav Hašek (b. 1883) – Czech novelist, humorist – The Good Soldier Svejk

Willie Nelson (b. 1933) – U.S. country singer/sonwriter – Crazy

Aatish Kapadia (b. 1976) – Indian television writer, screenwriter, actor – Khichdi series (Indian TV comedy)

 


May 1


Born May 1

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (b. 1881) – French Jesuit, paleontologist, philosopher – The Phenomenon of Man (1959)

Judy Collins (b. 1939) – U.S. singer/songwriter – Wings of Angels album

Ignazio Silone (Secondino Tranquilli) (b. 1900) – Italian novelist, essayist, political activist – The School for Dictators (1939)

Helen Bamber (b. 1925) – U.K. human rights activist; psychotherapist who works with survivors of torture and war

 


May 2 – Holocaust Remembrance Day


Born May 2

Satyajit Ray (b. 1921) – Indian filmmaker, science and detective fiction writer, poet – Feluda series short stories

Ichiyo Higuchi (Higuchi Natsu) (b. 1872) – Japanese novelist, poet, diarist – Child’s Play (also translated as Growing Up)

Kwon-taek Im (or Im Kwon Taek) (b. 1936) – Korean film director, screenwriter – Chihwaseon (2002)

 


May 3


Born May 3

Betty Comden (b. 1915 or 1917) – U.S. playwright, songwriter, screenwriter (musicals) – Singin’ in the Rain

Leslie Marmon Silko (b. 1948) – Native American (U.S.) novelist, poet, essayist – The Delicacy and Strength of Lace: Letters Between Leslie Marmon Silko and James Wright (1986)

Yehuda Amichai (b. 1924) – German-Israeli poet

 


May 4

Boris Kochanowsky

Boris J. Kochanowsky Russian-American memoirist Lenin, Hitler, and Me (2016 posthumous publication by daughter Vera Kochanowsky)

Read about Boris Kochanowsky here

Read excerpts from Lenin, Hitler, and me here

 


Born May 4

Rüdiger Nehberg (b. 1935) – German survival expert, human rights activist, environmentalist – Medizin Survival: Überleben ohne Arzt / Survival Medicine: Life without a Doctor (1998)

Rey Valera (b. 1954) – Filipino songwriter

Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (b. 1006) – Persian Sufi poet

 


May 5


Born May 5

Thomas Boberg (b. 1960) – Danish poet

Elizabeth Cochrane (Nellie Bly) (b. 1864) – U.S. journalist

Soren Kierkegaard (b. 1813) – Danish philosopher

Tammy Wynette (b. 1942) – U.S. country music singer / songwriter

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